Abortion rights advocates like to pretend that late term abortions only happen in cases of so-called “medical necessity” but a quick look at the way they advertise says otherwise.
This Planned Parenthood Center’s website makes no distinction on why you can get a 20 week abortion:
An in-clinic abortion is performed using gentle suction and medical instruments to remove the pregnancy from the uterus. In clinic abortions are performed up to 20 weeks post-fertilization at our Houston location.
And this California Planned Parenthood tells girls:
In-clinic abortion is offered up to 23 weeks and 6 days after the start of your last menstrual period. If your last period was after 23 weeks and 6 days, we can still help. Call us for a referral list of health care providers in your area that offer other abortion services.
This price list below by another Planned Parenthood may show why the tax funded abortion giant opposes late term abortion bans:
Abortion giant Planned Parenthood brags on their action website that president Obama would veto a 20 week abortion ban:
And they are correct, Obama is radically pro-abortion.
But, polls show that Americans are not comfortable and many oppose late term abortions, which occur legally within the US for any reason possible as demonstrated by these for profit abortion clinic advertisements:
On May 13, 2015 the second anniversary of the murder convictions of abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell for killing babies at his “house of horrors” abortion clinic in Philadelphia, the House of Representatives is set to vote on a 20 week abortion ban.
Pro-life leaders say that at 20 weeks the unborn child can feel pain, but is not the sole reason for banning all abortions.
A chart published by the CDC for 39 states that reported abortions by gestation (520,304 of the 730,322 abortions reported in 2011) show that in those 39 states:
335,748 abortions were performed at less than 8 weeks
139,775 abortions were performed at 9-13 weeks gestation
17,952 abortions were performed at 14-15 weeks gestation
9,795 abortions were performed at 16-17 weeks gestation
9,709 abortions were performed at 18-20 weeks gestation
7,325 abortions were performed at 21 weeks gestation or greater.
A 2014 report published by the Lozier Institute found that the United States is one of only seven countries in the world that permit elective abortion past 20 weeks.
The vote in the House comes following new evidence that premature babies may have a greater chance of survival if hospitals intervene after birth.
According to Life News, the House has approved the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, Wednesday on a 242-184 vote with four Democrats (Reps. Cuellar, Langevin, Lipinski, and Peterson) voting for the bill and five Republicans voting against it (Reps. Dent, Dold, Hanna, Frelinghuysen) or voting present (Hice).
University of Iowa researchers Matthew Rysavy, a senior medical student, and Edward Bell, professor of pediatrics in the Stead Family Department of Pediatrics, studied the cases of nearly 5,000 infants born before 27 weeks gestation at 24 academic hospitals participating in the Neonatal Research Network between 2006 and 2011.
What they found was that much of the difference in outcomes could be explained by whether efforts were made to save the life of the youngest infants after they were born.
At most centers, active care was not provided for infants born before 22 weeks into pregnancy. Active care was provided for all infants born at or after 25 weeks of pregnancy at almost all hospitals. However, between these two extremes—for infants born 22, 23, or 24 weeks into pregnancy—there was substantial variation among hospitals in whether infants were actively treated.
Results of the study, have been published in The New England Journal of Medicine.
But real life success stories of premature babies surviving at younger ages are becoming public.
Like twins Hunter Ryan Ridley and Darcy Louise Ridley were born on April 24, 2006 nearly 123 days early, approximately 22 weeks gestation.
Or, this baby boy, Jonathan Amos, born at a gestational age of 23 weeks:
And baby girl, Bella Davidson, who was born at 23 weeks weighing just 1lb 3oz.
This new data and ongoing evidence makes it harder for Planned Parenthood and the rest of their abortion advocates to convince the American public that legalized abortion-on-demand for any reason and at any stage of development is morally right.